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Old 11-22-2004, 03:35 AM   #1
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ATI's fglrx kernel 2.6.9 and X.org 6.8.1


Hello All,
I was just wondering if there was anyone who was able to get the ATI drivers to properly work with Xorg 6.8.1, I was able to successfully install them and have 3d accel with Xorg but since I like to run with Slackware Current once I upgraded to X.org 6.8.1 I had issues with ATI's fglrx driver, as they seem to be incompatible.

As you know a cheap way to find out about your driver and card (and also to see if there is 3d accel) is to run the command 'fglrxinfo' in X.org 6.7.x this would return:

Code:
root@MyBox:~# fglrxinfo
display 0.0 screen 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: MOBILITY RADEON 9600 Generic
OpenGL version string: 1.3.4641 (X4.3.0-3.14.6)

root@MyBox:~#
but with X.org 6.8.1 running this command would do nothing more than hardlock my system. I would just like to confirm that the ATI driver and X.org 6.8.1 are incompatible and not that I am making some sort of really simple overlooked error.

For the time being I have simply downgraded X to X.org 6.7 that was included on the Slack 10 CD and await a new driver release from ATI (I know... who am I kidding?)
replies and comments are very welcome.
 
Old 11-22-2004, 07:45 AM   #2
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hi,

ati-fglrx drivers never worked for me.
when i used xorg-6.7 , i forgot to add " ChipID 0x5964 " ( for 9200SE card ). so it didn't work but also didn't freeze.
when i found out about the missing ChipID, i had already installed xorg-6.8, and now, when i try to use the " fglrx " driver,
the graphics system freezes when typing " glxinfo " or " glxgears ".
but i can still login via ssh and reboot the box.
i think by the time a proper ati-driver for linux is released, my card will be to old

egag
 
Old 11-22-2004, 08:49 AM   #3
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I have seen posts that xorg 6.8.x doesn't work and it has been suggested to stick with xorg 6.7.x
 
Old 11-23-2004, 03:35 AM   #4
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yea, from everything I have seen and tried so far (everything aside from throwing my laptop aginst the wall) X.org 6.8.1 and the ATI drivers are incompatible... no issues with 6.7 tho
 
Old 11-26-2004, 03:28 PM   #5
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ati pfft **with spit**

The ati drivers do work with X.org 6.8, HOWEVER!
the DRI is incompatible, so you can get the drivers to work if you disable DRI
but your no better off than with the radeon drivers, if like me you have a 9800
as DRI only works with low end ATI cards with the radeon driver.
ATI are rumored to be releasing a new driver that supports it sometime this
millenia, but I think next time I splash out 300 quid on a card it ain't gonna be
an ATI card after this fiasco.
 
Old 12-08-2004, 03:05 PM   #6
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Thumbs down more pfft **with spit**

<rant>
Seems ATI's "coming soon" drivers will be out when hell freezes over,
or when I get the cash for a new pc and NOT an ATI card.
It is supposed to be soon, very soon, LOL and if you believe that!

Its not like 6.8 went stable three months ago and there were no suprises,
and ATI still hasn't released **** all
It's not like the previous releases were ridiculously buggy and randomly crashed.

Oh hang on a minute... </rant>
 
Old 12-08-2004, 03:52 PM   #7
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I had the same problem with xOrg 6.8.1 i had to roll back to 6.7, and now erething is chappy once again!
 
Old 12-10-2004, 09:13 AM   #8
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I have trying to find something to show me how to revert Xorg 6.8.1 to 6.7?

Could someone explain howto?
 
Old 12-10-2004, 10:03 AM   #9
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just use dl the x6.7 packages from the slackware site (they are under the x folder)

and just type into the cli:
updatepkg <x 6.7.0 packagename>

for each package, restart, and you should be back in business.
 
Old 12-10-2004, 10:37 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by cythrawll
just use dl the x6.7 packages from the slackware site (they are under the x folder)

and just type into the cli:
updatepkg <x 6.7.0 packagename>

for each package, restart, and you should be back in business.
restart the computer after each package?
 
Old 12-10-2004, 11:14 AM   #11
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you don't need to reboot, just logout X, and remove/install packages.
( maybe you gotto edit the xorg.conf to change " kbd " to "keyboard " : don't know if it's needed ? )

then startx .....

egag
 
Old 12-13-2004, 07:15 PM   #12
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Confirmation

I'm having the same problems on Fedora Core 3 (XOrg 6.8). Installer says

XFree86 drm includes at /lib/modules...... do not fit this driver

(sigh). I was in overjoyed disbelief at discovering UT2004 also works on Linux. Not for me today though...
 
Old 12-23-2004, 11:22 AM   #13
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QUOTE--I had the same problem with xOrg 6.8.1 i had to roll back to 6.7, and now evething is happy once again!

i see you are using slack 10 with the 128 MB 9000 Pro, that is encouraging since i have that very same card! I have a dual 1800+ Athlon system and i need to try downloading the ATI drivers for my system and was worried since they arent supported under X11 only XFree86 4.3 or so.
 
Old 12-24-2004, 05:39 PM   #14
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I've noticed the same compatibility issues many of you mention, and downgraded to 6.7. (incidentally, this fixed a problem where I could no longer play Oggs in KDE).

The latest version of gimp (2.2) requires Xorg 6.8.1 for a few libraries. So can we just not use the latest gimp with 6.7?
 
Old 01-14-2005, 02:14 PM   #15
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The ati drivers are supposed to be out mid Jan......
so anytime now?
your guess is as good as mine :-(
 
  


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